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Precancerous Cells May Raise Cervical Cancer Risk Later
Pap smears are considered a huge success story in the medical world. These tests have helped to diagnose cervical cancers at earlier and more treatable stages. Pap tests also pick up precancerous cells.
Testing Cancer Tissue Mid-Surgery
Surgeons don’t always know what’s going on inside the body until they get in there. With uterine cancer, an old lab technique may help doctors in the middle of the surgery.
Pap Smears For More Than The Cervix?
Ovarian and uterine cancer cells can trickle down to the cervix and show up on a routine Pap smear. In the future, this additional cancer screening may be part of a normal exam.
Less Is More In Breast Radiation
After breast cancer surgery, radiation therapy is commonly given. Radiotherapy is used to get rid of cancer cells that can linger after surgery. Typically, the therapy is given daily for five weeks. Shorter and lower dose radiotherapy may become the new standard.
Young Breast Cancer Patients Respond Better
Breast cancer is rare in young women under the age of 35. Unfortunately, it’s generally more aggressive in these women. The good news is that youth has its advantages in fighting breast cancer.
Screening for DES Daughters
Regular cervical screenings are never a bad idea - especially for ladies born between 1947-1971, if their moms were given diethylstilbestrol to prevent miscarrying or premature birth.
An Intimate Cancer
Ladies, if you were asked what your vulva is, would you be able to say? Don’t tell anyone, but this health reporter could not have done so a while back.
Most Women (Still) Don’t Need Ovarian Cancer Screenings
Cancer that invades the ovaries usually doesn’t have symptoms. Screening for the disease has involved ultrasound and measuring for a molecule that’s present when the disease is. For any screening to be useful, though, it must be proven to save lives.
Does Eating Meat Increase Your Risk For Uterine Cancer?
You may have read that animal protein – particularly red meat – is associated with cancer. The China Study  by T. Colin Campbell makes an impressive case. According to some, the type of iron in meat is what makes the difference.
Seeing Trends in Cancer and Pregnancy
Most women at prenatal appointments listen to the baby's heartbeat, discuss nutrition or hear general advice from their doctor. But the number hearing a cancer diagnosis is increasing.